FAQs

When are the classes?

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday unless there is a public holiday or if the teacher informs you otherwise. You will be notified at least 24 hours in advance if the class is not taking place and you won’t be charged. 

See the ‘Classes’ section for the dates and locations. 

What do you do in the classes?

Ruby will teach you her very own unique choreographed routines, taking you through each move step by step. All the moves can be adjusted to suit your needs and you will be encouraged to contribute your own ideas.

You will be shown performance techniques and helped to connect with your body and move confidently.

Sometimes you will work in small groups to practice a move or technique, or to come up with your own simple choreography.

We often work with props such as chairs, feather boas, burlesque fans, parasols and gloves. 

The music we dance to ranges from modern pop and rock songs, old-fashioned burlesque tunes and even classical music. There is something for everyone! Ruby will even take requests.

We always begin with a group warm up and stretch out our muscles at the end.  

What do I wear?

This is the most frequently asked question of all!

There is no need to dress up in corsets, stockings and high heels - unless of course you want to!

Wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in easily. Something that you would wear to a yoga class is ideal. Some people like to dance in high heels (ballroom or character shoes are perfect), but that is entirely optional. Bare feet, ballet shoes or trainers are fine but please note that the Fleet Street studio does not allow outdoor footwear. 

How much does it cost?

A payment of £24 is to be made at the first class of each 4-week block. The dates of the blocks will be advised. Cash, cards and PayPal are all accepted. 

A discount is available for people who are on a low income and receiving certain benefits, at the discretion of Red Dress Burlesque. Please send an email to info@reddressburlesque.co.uk to discuss your needs. 

Can I pay as I go?

We are only able to accept payments by the block for several reasons.

Red Dress Burlesque is a very small enterprise run by 1 person who must cover all the costs of putting on the classes and shows. These include things such as the room hire, insurance, petrol, equipment, licences and not to mention the time put in to choreography, planning and administration.

These costs occur even if nobody turns up to the class! Charging by the block not only ensures that we are not out of pocket, it also encourages full attendance and helps Red Dress Burlesque continue to run and grow. 

It also saves time at the beginning of the class if there is no money to sort out, so we can get on with it!

Can I try it out before I commit to a block?

If you are new to Red Dress Burlesque, you are entitled to 1 trial session at just £5.

This can be at any location you choose. There is no obligation to sign up, no time limit for when you start after your trial and it doesn’t have to be the same class.  

Who can attend the classes?

Anyone over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit. 

I have a disability/mobility issue/injury/chronic illness/anxiety. Is the class suitable for me?

Everything we do in the classes can be adapted to suit your needs. It is a low-impact, low-intensity exercise, focussed on the fun and friendship aspect of dancing together. 

We work on confidence building and a big part of that is inclusivity and providing a safe space for all.  You are never pressured to do anything you are not comfortable with. 

Speak to the teacher about any adjustments you need, concerns or difficulties you might have, or if anything in the class doesn’t allow you to fully join in; she will work with you to make sure you get the most out of the sessions. The teacher and other students will likely benefit from what you can teach them!

It is also important that you consult with a medical professional before you start the classes if you have any health issues, this includes if you are pregnant or have recently given birth, and let the teacher know of any advisements. 

Do I need dance experience?

No! You’ll be given all the instruction that you need and be able to go at your own pace. Everything will be taught step by step, you can ask questions whenever you want and there’s no complicated jargon that you’ll need to learn. 

Do I have to take my clothes off?

There will be no nudity in classes or in group routines.

Some of the routines involve taking off gloves and sometimes a top layer to reveal something underneath, for example a coat to reveal a spangly outfit! 

Do I have to perform in the show?

Your involvement in the shows are entirely voluntary. If you decide to join in, you get to choose which routines you perform and can do as many or as few as you like. If you don’t want to perform but still want to take part, you can choose to help back stage. Or you can just relax and be in the audience!